A fire restriction is in effect for Lamont County.

On Thursday (Apr. 27), the county announced that a fire restriction would be in place immediately.

"This restriction is due to a rapid deterioration of conditions, due to the extremely dry and heavy fuel load in our area currently," wrote the county in a release.

The restriction is in effect for all Lamont County rural areas, including hamlets.

All active fire permits are now cancelled, and no new fire permits will be issued. Fireworks and exploding targets are prohibited during the restriction as well.

However, campfires, charcoal and propane barbecues, burn barrels, and propane-fueled fire pits are still permitted.

Refusal to follow the fire restriction can lead to a minimum $1,500 fine.